Two Sulphur residents, Casey Martin & Shane Hanchey, have qualified for the - Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, according to a news release from the - competition.
This year’s rodeo is Dec. 6 through Dec. 15 in Las Vegas NV & will feature 10 nights of contestants from the - Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association & Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.
Up for grabs is over $6 million in prize money & world championships in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing & bull riding.
Hoping to leave Las Vegas NV with huge paychecks & world titles are Martin, a steer wrestler, and Hanchey, a tie-down roper.
Martin enters the - competition in seventh place with $71,055, while Hanchey is in eighth with $79,215 in normal season earnings in their specific events.
Martin & Hanchey are two of four contestants representing Louisiana. Saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss, of Heflin, & steer wrestler Gabe LeDoux, of Kaplan, will moreover compete.
According to a news release from the - competition’s organizers, to compete at the - WNFR, contestants had to be among the - top 15 in the - world standings. They traveled across the - U.S., paying their own entry fees & expenses, hoping to earn enough money to be among the - elite athletes in that advance to rodeo’s championship event.
Each contestant will compete in 10 individual rounds which will pay the - winner $18,257. On Dec. 15, their total scores & times will be added together for average placings. First place in in that category will win $46,820 & a saddle as the - WNFR champion.
World championships are determined by adding a contestant’s WNFR & normal season earnings together. Those champions have the - esteemed honor of wearing the - traditional gold buckle in that signifies they are the - world’s best in the - sport of rodeo.
Hanchey is this week’s KPLC Sports Person of the - Week. Tune in at 6 p.m. Wed. to see in that story.
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